19 Oct Notting Hill
Welcome to Notting Hill
Notting Hill is one of London’s quirky but nostalgic neighbourhoods and is famously known for its namesake movie, the 1999 movie starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. No wonder tourists come from around the world to these movie locations with all the colourful houses!
Apart from being famous for the movie, Notting Hill is an upmarket area and one of the most beautiful places in London. It retains its old-fashioned charm and antique markets lining bohemian Portobello Road, famed for its busy Market selling antiques and vintage fashion.
How To Get There
By Tube (London Underground): The nearest station is Notting Hill Gate, but to arrive closer to Portobello Market, get off at Ladbroke Grove.
Buses: Many buses service Notting Hill, so best to check the timetables online.
Train: Paddington Station is the closest to Notting Hill, then a half-hour walk or 10-minute bus ride on the Hammersmith & CityLine to Ladbroke Grove.
Once at Notting Hill, opt for a walking tour to discover this unique place and learn about the area from a local.
Places Of Interest
Admire colourful houses
The most nostalgic thing to do in Notting Hill is to admire the distinctive coloured houses that bring great character to the area. Every colour from pastel pinks to yellow and baby blue, to stark reds and blues.
Explore Farm Place / Hillgate Place, St Luke’s Mews (where the movie Love Actually was featured), Lancaster Road and of course, Portobello Road
Please Note – These are people’s homes, so be mindful of their privacy.
Portobello Road is an excellent place to explore in west London, famous for having the world’s largest antique, bric-a-brac and vintage clothing markets and one of London’s best street food markets from all corners of the world. The Market is busiest on Fridays and Saturdays, with over 1,500 stalls to browse.
For boutique or upmarket shopping, Notting Hill is great for shopping as there are so many up-scale shops, from homewares to clothing and jewellery.
On a Saturday morning, a hidden gem in West London is the Farmer’s Market. Shop for milk, herbs, spices, veggies, pasta, and fruit, all locally sourced. You will find the Market at the car park just behind Waterstones on Kensington Church Street, W11 3LQ.
Visit quaint characteristic pubs, enjoy live music, perfect for a drink or to catch up with friends. During winter, the pubs are ideal for the ideal Christmas vibe, with lights and Christmas cheer!
Notting Hill Carnival
Huge crowds celebrate the annual Notting Hill Carnival, whose parades and calypso music reflect the area’s Caribbean roots. It is one of my favourite events Notting Hill Carnival which takes place on the August bank holiday weekend each year. The whole area comes alive from live performers, vibrant music, dances, and a colourful parade.
Where To Stay
If you love bright and beautiful, Notting Hill is the best area to stay in London. This neighbourhood will intrigue your senses, from some of the best cafes, antiques, and hipster shops to colourful houses.
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